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Slave Insurrections in the United States, 1800-1865

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Slave Insurrections in the United States, 1800-1865
By Joseph Cephas Carroll (Dover Publications, Mineola, New York: 2004. Pg. iv, 236.) ISBN: 0-486-43447-8.

Reviewed by Angela Evans - January 27, 2005

From the early 1600's through the mid 1800's, slavery was a legally accept practice throughout most of America. While Abraham's Lincoln's 1863 'Emancipation Proclamation' technically 'freed' the slaves, it was not until 1868, with the passage of the 14th amendment that the former slaves were finally granted American citizenship. Throughout most of the period of sanctioned slavery in America, slave owners were united by one universal fear - a slave uprising. While many of the uprisings that occurred in the years leading up to the American Civil War, such as the revolt led by Nat Turner (1831) and the Amistad Revolt (1839) are well known, many other equally pivotal insurrections occurred during the period from 1800-1865.

In Slave Insurrections in the United States 1800-1865, Joseph Cephas Carroll chronicles the most historical significant insurrections that occurred during this period. He also explores the effectiveness of these revolts and the impact that they had, both economically and psychologically, on the white slave owners. Carroll also provides a concise overview of the state of American slavery from 1526-1800, with a particular emphasis on early insurrections, and the role that African-American's played in the American Revolution. Brief biographical sketches of some of the most influential black leaders and white abolitionists are interwoven into the text.

This Dover edition of Slave Insurrections in the United States 1800-1865 is an unabridged republication of the edition that was initially published by Chapman & Grimes, Inc., in 1938. This was one of the first books written that made a formal study of slave insurrections. It is historically significant in terms of its uniqueness when first published, as well as by the information contained within its pages which is as relevant today as when first published. Each chapter concludes with a useful set of references, and the text includes a valuable bibliography that will serve both scholars and students seeking direction for further study in this contentious period of American history. Well suited for use in any High School or University Course on American History, the Civil War, Slavery, or African-American Studies.

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